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We have grown quickly in recent years, enhancing our reputation and increasing turnover, which now stands at almost £100m. Now an established Top 30 national law firm, we have eight offices, the latest of which opened in Manchester, in January 2009. Our growth has been driven by a commercially driven strategy of seizing opportunities in a changing market, while at the same time staying close to our clients and providing them with the best possible legal advice. At the same time, we have developed an excellent work/life balance alongside an enterprising culture, one that has acted as a magnet for some of the brightest and best legal talent. It is this that has enabled us to expand organically. Culture and brand help us stand out, and our strong values programme is reinforced at every job interview, promotion opportunity, and performance and development review. We believe that a service-oriented, client-centred law firm stands the best chance of thriving as the much anticipated Legal Services Act approaches, and the significant changes it will bring. And in February 2010 we announced Access Legal from Shoosmiths, a new brand bringing together more than 100 consumer services in seven areas: conveyancing; employment law advice; legal disputes; medical negligence solicitors; motoring law; personal injury solicitors; and Wills, family and wealth. Its aim is to make legal services easily accessible to consumers, while at the same time complementing Shoosmiths' corporate client offering.

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The year ahead for HR: 2017 changes at a glance

Employment law never stands still and the coming year will see some significant changes. Here is Shoosmiths’ guide to developments to prepare for in 2017.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 January 2017 | Practice Area: Employment

Government confirms initiatives to bolster the supply of housing

The government has confirmed this week that thousands of homes will be built for first time buyers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 09 January 2017 | Practice Area: Central Government

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Pricing Practices Guidelines: regulator sword or business shield?

This article looks at the non-statutory guidelines on pricing practices published by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 05 January 2017 | Practice Area: Consumer

Modern Slavery Act compliance - Are you ready for benchmarking?

While it is estimated that some 12,000 UK companies are required to publish a statement under Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, to date less than 10% have done so.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 03 January 2017 | Practice Area: Company Administration

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Will new basements require planning permission?

With space at a premium, particularly in urban areas, the excavation of a basement is one way to extend a house within its existing footprint. This briefing examines whether planning permission is required.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 December 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Flexible working cases show employers can say 'no'

Employees returning from maternity leave commonly request flexible working. Agreeing to changes may cause detriment to the business but refusal risks a legal claim; what should employers do?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 19 December 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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Christmas parties: when is misbehaviour the employer's fault?

While managers may be aware that misbehaviour by employees at the Christmas party could result in a claim against the employer, where does the employer's liability end?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 15 December 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Gender pay gap reporting: final regulations published

The final form of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations have been published and, subject to parliamentary approval, are expected to come into force on 6 April 2017.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 13 December 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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Gender segregation in schools not direct sex discrimination

The High Court has ruled that the segregation boys and girls in a faith school did not amount to less favourable treatment towards female pupils.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 06 December 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Land Registry to stay in the public sector

The government announced in the Autumn Statement on 23 November 2016 that the Land Registry will remain in the public sector. Plans for privatisation have been dropped.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 02 December 2016 | Practice Area: Central Government

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